One thing I love about having a bucket list is that it makes you think about the relentless march of time…. The children and I sit and talk together about what it is we want to do; we read articles and look at pictures and think about the impact we’d like to have on the world… and … Read more G-week
Just how we came to take such adventures is rather bittersweet. In the run up to J’s fourth birthday, I had (as you would expect) organised a birthday party. When I told him about it, he was horrified. He was absolute. He did not want a party. I asked him what he did want… he … Read more day 20 – how we started…
5 things I’d like to share about living with autism… The first few days after your child is diagnosed are hard… It doesn’t matter how much you were expecting it. I knew. In fact, I’d pushed for this diagnosis… but hearing the words is hard (Or perhaps even harder is seeing them in black and … Read more Day 15 – A mini tutorial
So, today, it’s about gratitude. What are we grateful for…. It’s a question I asked the children, and I was a little surprised by their answers. J’s was school. It’s an amazing school, and one that meets his needs in every way – and also his need / desire for independence, so this makes me … Read more Day 12: Gratitude
Todays challenge is to write abut 5 things I love right now… as I have more than one photo to share, I thought I’d write a blog post for this… So, right now…. 5 things I love: Siblings…. One thing I’m so thankful for is that J and G are so close in age. They … Read more Day 5: 5 things I love
Many, many years ago, J was diagnosed as being autistic / having autism. There is still much debate as to how that should be described… should you use person-first or identity-first language? For a long time, I was confused about the whole thing, but when J started to speak, he always identified himself as ‘autistic’ (rather … Read more Autism Acceptance
Time and time again, I have heard (or more usually read) ‘we don’t recommend safaris for young children’ and time and time again I hear myself muttering the same phrase in response ‘Why the hell not!?’ So… we’re here to debunk those ‘myths’ They won’t remember it… Well that is partly true, but in this … Read more Why take young children on Safari?
There are many things I like about blogging. I like reviewing our adventures, sharing them and (perhaps!) inspiring someone else to have their own adventure… but what I like most is that it’s a nice, neat, compact diary for my children to read (if they choose to!) when they are older. It keeps our thoughts, … Read more Decluttering
It’s hard not to be affected by the recent events in Manchester… There have, of course, been many, many terrorists attacks before – Manchester itself was devastated by an IRA bomb in 1996. But this feels different. To actively – and so blatantly – target young girls is a new, depressing low. One that has got to me … Read more 5 ways you can make a difference
I read an article today. It’s here if you want to read it…. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/family-holidays/why-you-should-never-take-children-on-foreign-holidays/ It’s an article I utterly disagree with and I’ve gotten in touch with the author to write a ‘follow up’ which I will certainly do if I hear back from her. Firstly, there is absolutely NO science in this ‘research’. This … Read more Why we have a bucket list… and why you should too!